– Stephanie Rabiner is a contributor to FindLaw’s Free Enterprise blog. FindLaw is a Thomson Reuters publication. This article originally appeared here. –

The number of startups has been steadily increasing, with 2010 boasting a 15-year high with 565,000 new startups each month.

Experts pin the growth on unemployment and dissatisfaction, but, according to CNN Money, experts also caution that starting a business out of desperation is not the right path to startup success.

Even if a lack of contentment is behind your startup, that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful in your venture. Here are a few tips to make this happen.

1. Be clear about your goals. Startup success stories are often borne out of clearly articulated goals. Not only does an affirmative goal help you pitch your idea to investors, it will help you make tough decisions that stay true to your intentions and keep you on the right path.